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Celebrate GO Day in our national forests and grasslands

June 9, 2017 at 12:30pm

Photo: Chief Tom TidwellThe warm days of summer are upon us; with them comes the lure of nature and the outdoors. On Saturday, June 10, we celebrated a decade of National Get Outdoors Day (GO Day).

All of us here at the Forest Service dedicate our services each day to ensure our national forests and grasslands are managed for the benefit and enjoyment of present and future generations.

One of the weekend's many special events took place near Sloan’s Lake Park in Denver, Colorado. Many of our Rocky Mountain Region employees offered free, fun activities to thousands of local residents. Working with partners, they offered a nature exploration space, an artificial cave, games, apps and educational activities, including a Leave No Trace trail and campfire safety classes. This was just one event taking place on national forests and grasslands across the nation on GO Day; there were hundreds more on GO Day sites nationwide. GO Day was also a fee-FREE day on national forests and grasslands.

Our national forests and grasslands represent the embodiment of America’s great outdoors. There are limitless opportunities for fun, exploration and education. I hope each of you had the opportunity to go out with family and friends and take advantage of the wonders of the great outdoors.

This is another way Forest Service employees can lead: creating new memories, adventures and traditions through the array of experiences in our national forests and grasslands. Your voice is important in sharing your own experiences on our rich public lands.

Chief Tidwell

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